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Studies on the conformational flexibility of α-L-Rhap-(1→2)-α-L-Rhap-OMe using molecular simulation and 13C-site-specific labeling: a model for a commonly occurring disaccharide in bacterial polysaccharides
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. (Göran Widmalm)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. (Göran Widmalm)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. (Göran Widmalm)
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Bacterial polysaccharides are comprised of a variety of monosaccharides, L-rhamnose (6-deoxy-Lmannose) being one of them. This sugar is often part of α-(1→2)- and/or α-(1→3)-linkages and wehave therefore studied the disaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1→2)-α-L-Rhap-OMe to obtain information onconformational preferences at this glycosidic linkage. The target disaccharide was synthesized with 13C site-specific labeling at C1' and at C2', i.e., in the terminal group. 2D 1H,13C-HSQC-HECADE and 1H,13C-J-HMBC NMR experiments, 1D 13C and 1H NMR spectra together with total line-shape analysis were used to extract conformationally dependent hetero- and homonuclear spin-spincoupling constants. This resulted in the determination of 2JC2',H1' , 3JC1',C1 , 3JC1',C3 , 3JC2',C2 , 2JC1',C2 ,1JC1',C2' , and 1JC1',H1' . These data together with previously determined JC,H and 1H,1H NOEs result in fourteen conformationally dependent NMR parameters that are available for analysis of glycosidiclinkage flexibility and conformational preferences. A molecular dynamics simulation of the disaccharide with explicit water molecules as solvent showed a major conformational state at ΦH =40° and ψH = –35°, consistent with experimental NMR data.

Keyword [en]
carbohydrates, torsion angle, NMR spectroscopy, molecular dynamics, heteronuclear long-range coupling constants
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Other Basic Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38144OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-38144DiVA: diva2:306257
Available from: 2010-03-29 Created: 2010-03-29 Last updated: 2010-04-08Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Exploring the structure of oligo- and polysaccharides: Synthesis and NMR spectroscopy studies
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A deeper understanding of the diversity of carbohydrates and the many applications of oligo- and polysaccharides found in nature are of high interest. Many of the processes involving carbohydrates affect our everyday life. This thesis is based on six papers all contributing to an extended perspective of carbohydrate property and functionality. An introduction to carbohydrate chemistry together with a presentation of selected carbohydrate synthesis and analysis methods introduces the reader to the research field. The first paper is an NMR spectroscopy reinvestigation of the structures of the O-antigens from the lipopolysaccharides (LPS) of Shigella dysenteriae type 3 and Escherichia coli O124. The repeating units were concluded to be built of identical branched pentasaccharides now with the correct anomeric configurations. Paper II is a structural investigation of the O-antigen from the LPS of E. coli O74 which is built of branched tetrasaccharide repeating units including the uncommon monosaccharide d-Fuc3NAc. Paper III is a conformational study of a rhamnose derivative, using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. The benzoyl ester group positioned at C4 prefers an “eclipsed” conformation in the crystal as well as in solution. The use of site-specifically 13C-labeled compounds in conformational studies is discussed in Papers IV and V. The disaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1→2)-α-L-Rhap-OMe was synthesized together with two 13C-isotopologues and studied with NMR spectroscopy to give seven J-couplings related to torsion angles φ and ψ. The trisaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1→2)[α-L-Rhap-(1→3)]-α-L-Rhap-OMe was synthesized with 13C-labeling at two positions which presented a solution to a problem of overlapping signals in the 1H NMR spectrum. The site-specific labeling also facilitated the measurement of two 3JCC and two 2JCH coupling constants. Finally, chapter 6 gives a short introduction to glycosynthase chemistry and discusses the synthesis of α-glycosyl fluorides. A novel cyclic heptasaccharide was synthesized from α-laminariheptaosyl fluoride using a mutant of the enzyme laminarase 16A and subsequently analyzed by NMR spectroscopy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University, 2010. 61 p.
Keyword
Carbohydrates, NMR spectroscopy, synthesis, lipopolysaccharides, conformational studies
National Category
Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Organic Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37680 (URN)978-91-7447-041-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-05-07, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Manuscript. Paper 5: Manuscript.Available from: 2010-04-15 Created: 2010-03-19 Last updated: 2010-04-08Bibliographically approved

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